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Tortilla-Fish Mesa - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ
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Tortilla-Fish Mesa - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ 
Tortilla-Fish Mesa - Fish Creek Canyon Loop, AZ
 
Hiking avatar Nov 14 2015
joebartels
Hiking13.00 Miles 2,134 AEG
Hiking13.00 Miles   9 Hrs   8 Mns   1.60 mph
2,134 ft AEG   1 Hour    Break
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Tortilla-Fish Mesa offers exceptional views. I'll link it in the spirit of The Eagle and 9L... however we only covered a quarter mile of the access. The jellybean and I tackled this monster six years ago. What I recall was a never ending obstacle course and flat out amazement she hiked with me again.

When I greeted Bruce this morning a deep raspy Jabba the Hut replied hello. Off trail and head/chest colds do not mix but I admired his determination!

From the Fish Creek bridge the hike up SR88 is easier than anticipated. We headed off trail...

This was Bruce's pick and I'd hiked it before so all was good. Not. Had I simply read my previous triplogs and looked at the map this may have gone better. Bruce's cold didn't put him into the groove for this adventure and our pace was not working so we aborted to FR213 to bypass the ridge. Which we hoped would net enough time to add in Owen's boy scout cave.

FR213 is a highway so we had time to hit the alcove/cave. Bruce was amazed a seventy year old dragged jlp and I to the cave. I was amazed that while our hike worked with gps and cairns how easily Owen knew the route. If you miss a cairn it gets ugly quick.

Fish Creek sprinkled in Autumn foliage is a treat. Our route became much easier than anticipated too. In 2009 Janelle and I dodged and skirted miles of water whereas today the entire upper end was dry.

Only three small groups of hikers in the half mile near the bridge. Absolutely perfect temps throughout the day.
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